Common Causes of Blood Sugar Spikes
Because you have diabetes, you know it’s a must to keep your blood sugar levels under control. But do you know what makes them spike?
Check this list of common culprits, plus ways to help you stay healthy and feel great.
1. Your Diet
Watch what you eat since that’s one of the most important things you can do to control your blood sugar, also called blood glucose.
That’s because of the impact that carbohydrates — the sugars and starches in foods — can have.
It’s fine to eat them in moderation. But choices that have too many carbs can cause your blood sugar to soar — white rice, pasta, and highly processed or fried foods are examples. Some fruits are high in sugar, such as bananas. It’s OK to have fruit, just not too much.
Choose good carbs, like whole-grain bread and cereal, unprocessed grains such as barley or quinoa, beans, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, fruit, yogurt, and vegetables.
Fiber helps because it lowers blood sugar. Good choices are whole grains, fruits that are lower in sugar (apples and blueberries), veggies, and legumes.
2. Too Little Sleep
Not getting enough rest does more than make you groggy. It also affects how well your body can control and break down blood sugar.
In one study, researchers asked healthy adults to sleep just 4 hours a night for 6 days. At the end of the study, their bodies’ ability to break down glucose was 40% lower on average. Why? Doctors believe that when you enter deep sleep, your nervous system slows down and your brain uses less blood sugar.
Get your shut-eye. Remember all the things that help: Stick to a regular schedule, don’t use your phone or tablet close to bedtime, and relax before you hit the hay.
3. Too Much (or Too Little) Exercise
Even a mild workout, like walking or doing light housework, can lower your blood sugar and improve how your body responds to insulin.
When you don’t move around enough, your glucose levels can rise. Too much exercise can have the same effect. Tough activities, like bench-pressing weights, or competitive ones, like running a race, can raise your blood sugar.
That doesn’t mean you can’t sweat it out. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your whole body. But ask your doctor what changes you may need to make in your treatment plan to keep your blood sugar in the right range.
This is your fight-or-flight response. It prompts your body to act like it’s under attack.
When this happens, your hormone levels go up. Your body burns its stored energy sources — glucose and fat — to meet the threat. When you have diabetes, insulin can’t break through the cells to break down the glucose, and your levels rise.
Stress can also cause blood sugar to rise indirectly. You may be less likely to take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, or taking your medicine when you’re stressed out.
Learn to relax. Try meditation, yoga, or massage.
5. Some Medications
You know that insulin can bring your blood sugar down. But if you miss a dose or take the wrong dose of your medicine, you could cause your levels to spike. Some drugs, such as corticosteroids, can have the same effect. Other meds that could raise your glucose include:
- Diuretics (“water pills”)
- Drugs used to treat depression
- Blood pressure medicines
If you’re on any of these medicines and you notice your blood sugar is high, talk to your doctor. He may adjust your diet or medications.
6. Not Brushing and Flossing
If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to get gum disease. And serious gum disease can make it harder to keep your blood sugar under control. Like all infections, it may cause your glucose to rise. That, in turn, can make other infections more likely. Make sure you not only brush and floss your teeth but also rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Keep up with your dentist visits, work on managing your blood sugar, and, if you have gum disease, treat it — and any other infection in any part of your body — ASAP.
If you light up, you raise your chances of getting diabetes. If you already have diabetes, you’re more likely to have trouble finding the right dose of insulin and controlling your blood sugar. Smoking makes it harder to keep your blood sugar levels down.
The lesson here: If you smoke, quit.
Blood sugar levels go up from time to time. But knowing what can cause these spikes can help you control them — and avoid health problems down the line.
“The Great Deception” – Deacon Victor Cruz (pg 39)
Act 1 – The Fabrication of Deception – Genesis 27:1-29
Prologue – Deacon Ronald Tookes (pg 39)
Scene 1. Isaac’s “Blind Spot” – Danny Shannon (pg 40)
Was Isaac Angry? – Deacon Sonny Harris (pg 40)
Was Isaac Driven by His Passion for Good Food? – Deacon Tom Mason (pg 40)
Was Isaac a Victim of Senility? – Deacon J. D. Walker (pg 41)
Did Isaac Have a Hardened Heart? – Deacon Kenneth Truitt (pg 41)
Scene 2. Rebekah’s Scheme – Coach LaVaar Scott (pg 41)
“A Communication Breakdown” – Brother Steve Harper (pg 42)
The “Silent Treatment” – Deacon Alvin Walters (pg 43)
“Playing God” – Brother Ted Dorsey (pg 43)
Scene 3. The Great Deception – Brother David Shannon (pg 44)
“Deliberate Disobedience” – James Rhymes (pg 45)
Act II – The Reflection of Deception – Genesis 27:30-28:5
Prologue – Deacon Ronald Tookes (pg 45)
Scene 1 – A World Turned Up Side Down – Brother Jamell Coleman (pg 46)
Scene 2 – Taking Revenge – Deacon Alvin Walters (pg 47)
“The Consequence of Sin” – Brother Roan linquist (pg 48)
Scene 3 – Another Deceptive Plot – Brother Steve Harper (pg 48)
“From Frying Pan into the Fire” – Deacon Victor Cruz (pg 49)
“Back in Touch with Reality” – Deacon Sonny Harris (pg 49)
Becoming God’s Man Today – Minister Daniel Paige (pg
Principle 1 – As the years go by, we must be on guard that we do not forget God’s good gifts to us, as well as the good things others do for us. – Elder Billy Shannon (pg 50)
There is a Time to “Look Back” – Coach Princeton Harris (pg 50)
“Think How Paul Must Have Felt” – Coach LaVaar Scott (pg 51)
Principle 2 – We must daily remind ourselves to consult God in Prayer regarding the decisions we make in life. – Elder Norman Stone (pg 51)
Principle 3 – We must guard our marriages, never allowing communication to break down or barriers to emerge that drive us further and further apart. – Elder Jerome Matthews (pg 52)
“An Experience Close to Home” – Elder Jerome Matthews (pg 52)
“Overcoming Temptation” – Deacon Tom Mason (pg 52)
Principle 4 – Once a Christian steps out of the will of God, particularly in terms of being deceptive, it is easy to take the next step to cover his or her sins. – Deacon Danny Shannon (pg 53)
Principle 5 – God is gracious and long suffering and allows us time to repent and make corrections before he disciplines us. – Deacon Ronald Tookes (pg 53)
Principle 6 – No matter what our failures, God can take the results of our sins and even work those results together for good. – Elder Daniel Paige (pg 54)
Personalizing These Principles – Elder Daniel Paige (pg 54)
1. When was the last time I took time to say thank you to someone who, perhaps years ago, opened a door of opportunity? – Deacon Ronald Tookes (pg 55)
2. How often do I seek Gods help in carrying out my daily responsibilities? – Deacon Kenneth Truitt (pg 55)
3. How effective am I in keeping open lines of communication with my mate, my children, my business associates, and others. Deacon Princeton Harris (pg 55)
4. Have I made any decisions lately that are deliberately contrary to the will of God? Deacon J. D. Walter (pg 55)
5. Do I tend to take advantage of Gods grace and forgiveness. Brother Ted Dorsey (pg 55)
6. Am I able to accept Gods forgiveness for sins I’ve committed, or am I trying to atone for my sins? Deacon Alvin Walters (pg 55)
Set a Goal – Minister Daniel Paige (pg 55)
· Write out a particular goal to help you be a more faithful Christian.
Growing Together – Minister Daniel Paige (pg 55)
1. Brother Ted Dorsey (pg 55)
2. Brother Steve Harper (pg 55)
3. Deacon Ronald Tookes (pg 55)
4. Elder Daniel Paige (pg 55)
End of Chapter Remarks – Rev. Dr. Robert Shannon
“A Tricky Plot” – Deacon Victor Cruz
“Esau’s Sensual Lifestyle” – Deacon Danny Shannon
“A Man of the Word” – Deacon Tom Mason
“A Lesson Well Learned” – Deacon Kenneth Truitt
“The Seed Snatched Away” – Deacon Sonny Harris
“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – Deacon J. D. Walker
“Eli’s Wicked Sons” – Coach LaVaar Scott
“A Sneaky Proposition” – Brother Marvin Knight
“A Vulnerable Moment”- Brother Steve Harper
“An Irrational Reaction” – Deacon Alvin Walters
“Let’s Make It Official” – Brother Ted Dorsey
“The Deal Is Done” – Brother David Shannon
“Not Beyond Hope” – James Rhymes
Becoming God’s Man Today – Deacon Ronald Tookes
Principle 1 – Elder Billy Shannon
Principle 2 – Elder Jerome Matthews
Principle 3 – Elder Norman Stone
Personalizing These Principles – Deacon Ronald Tookes
1. In what ways do I allow my old fleshly nature to
influence what I do in my relationships with others? – Brother Steve Harper
2. When was the last time I took advantage of another
persons weaknesses – my wife, my children, my business associates, others. –
Deacon Sonny Harris
3. In what ways have I suffered the consequences for taking
advantage of other people? If I have not
at this point, what may happen? – Deacon Ronald Tookes
Set a Goal – Deacon Ronald Tookes
Memorize the Following Scripture – Psalm 51:10
Growing Together – Deacon Ronald Tookes
1. Why is this study so relevant to men in business? –
Deacon Alvin Walters
2. Would you feel free to share an experience in the
workplace where you’ve been tempted to violate God’s will? – Deacon Danny
3. How do you keep your motives pure – especially if you are
in the area of sales? Coach LaVaar Scott
4. Would you be
willing to share your temptations to violate God’s will in your family
Deacon Ronald Tookes
5. How has God helped you avoid manipulating people and
taking advantage of their weaknesses? Brother Ted Dorsey
End of Chapter Remarks – Rev. Dr. Robert Shannon